Eric Anderson added two more hits in the loss as he had a great weekend.
March 29, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Mizzou baseball failed to complete the sweep of No. 20 Auburn, falling 7-3, in the series finale on Saturday afternoon (March 29) at Plainsman Park. After winning the first two games of the series, Mizzou gave up 16 hits in the loss and falls to 13-13 on the season and 3-6 in SEC play. Mizzou ace Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.) was on the hill as the Tigers went for the sweep, but he struggled, taking the loss after allowing 13 hits and six earned runs, both season-highs for the junior righty.
Fifth-year senior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) continued to swing a hot bat in the game, going 2-for-5 with a run. Senior Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) also tallied two hits in the loss, including a double. Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) and senior Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) each tallied RBIs in the loss.
After Mizzou put runners on second and third with one out, Auburn starter Michael O'Neal pitched out of the jam and then Auburn countered with an RBI single by Damek Tomscha to take a 1-0 lead after the first inning. But Mizzou countered with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. One came on an RBI single by Pearson and another by Kelly and both came on 3-2 counts and on the seventh pitch that each batter saw.
Auburn tallied three consecutive singles off of Graves in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2, the third of which came off the bat of Blake Austin for an RBI. Sam Gilikin then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third with one out and a single by JJ Schaefer put Auburn on top, 3-2. Damon Haecker then added an infield single off of Graves' leg to score another run, but he struck out Ryan Tella and Jordan Ebert to get out of the inning, but the home Tigers had a 4-2 lead.
Mizzou threatened in the top of the sixth as Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) and Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) opened with back-to-back singles. But the next three batters were retired to end the threat. Auburn then added some insurance in the bottom half of the inning after Ebert lifted a one-out single past a drawn in Tiger infield to score Schaefer, who tripled to lead off the inning. A two-run single by Austin then broke the game open as Auburn took a 7-2 lead.
Sophomore righty Alec Rash (Adel, Iowa) was a positive out of the Tiger bullpen, tossing a pair of shutout innings in the seventh and eighth. But Auburn had all that it needed as Mizzou added just one unearned run over the final six innings.
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